Buckden, Upper Wharfedale, is right at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, yet really easy to access. Travel 9 miles north from Skipton to Threshfield - where one could make a special right turn for Grassington, the 'capital of the upper dale - and continue straight on for a further 9 miles, passing Kilnsey Crag and Kettlewell before arriving at Buckden. Uniquely, still travelling 'up dale', one has a choice of routes since the road divides and gives two routes into Wensleydale. Veer left and you pass through the hamlet of Hubberholme en route to Hawes, passing over Yorkshire's highest road. Bear right and an equally dramatic route passes along Bishopdale to Aysgarth in Wensleydale, famous for its Upper, Middle and Lower Falls.
Local Shows, such as that at Kilnsey, attract thousands of visitors. To watch the Kilnsey, Buckden or many other Fell Races is to marvel at the athletic powers of those involved. A less strenuous past-time might be to ride some of the restored steam railways or view expresses thundering over the historic Ribblehead Viaduct. Of course one should always experience the 'taste' of Yorkshire - and not just our Yorkshire Puddings or beers - after all, Wallace and Grommit knew something good when they discovered Wensleydale cheese, made at Hawes; the delicious home made jams from Ryedale; the Jackson sausages of Cracoe, the Staniforth pork pies of Skipton, the Kilnsey smoked trout, the many tea rooms and restaurants, Lyne's Yorkshire curd tarts at West Winds, in the village ... it's a dangerous topic to continue with - but we can share our secrets with you when you get here!
There are so many places of interest, picnic spots and wonderful walks to enjoy. Photographers, painters, writers will all find a wealth of subject material - but those merely seeking to relax and de-stress will be equally 'at home'.
Buckden sits almost mid-way along the Dales Way, a long distance footpath running from Ilkley to Bowness on Lake Windermere. Riverside sections run north and south from the village, whilst hill walks abound and all can be explored and enjoyed from ones door step.